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Corbyn slams May's ‘contemptuous’ conduct at PMQs

JEREMY CORBYN said today that “nothing has changed” since embattled Prime Minister Theresa May had meetings with European leaders to seek reassurances on the Irish border backstop in her Brexit deal.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, the Labour leader demanded that MPs be able to vote on the deal before Christmas.

He asked after her “little journey” to various European cities yesterday, which took place after she cancelled that day’s Commons vote on her plans the night before.

Mr Corbyn urged her to update MPs on what changes she secured on her deal during the trip.

She retorted by claiming that the Labour leader “couldn’t care less” whether progress has been made and what she brought back from Brussels.

He replied: “It’s very clear, nothing has changed.”

During the session, Tory MPs were gearing up to cast their ballot in a vote of confidence in Ms May that took place hours later.

When Labour MPs shouted at her to answer when a “meaningful vote” will take place in the Commons, Ms May sidestepped the question by only giving the dates of when the referendum took place and when Britain is scheduled to leave the EU.

She said: “We’ve had a meaningful vote, we had it in in the referendum in 2016.

“… And if [Mr Corbyn] wants a meaningful date I’ll give him one —  March 29 2019 when we leave the European Union.”

Mr Corbyn slammed her conduct around Brexit as “contemptuous” and demanded to know whether she could be trusted to provide certainty, as she had pledged to do in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit negotiations in January of last year.

Ms May said to laughs from the opposition benches that “the way to ensure there’s no no-deal is to agree a deal.”

The “sorry saga” was frustrating for businesses, workers and many Tory MPs, Mr Corbyn said.

In his final remarks, he pointed out that Ms May was already found to be in contempt of Parliament over Brexit.

Mr Corbyn said: “The time for dithering and delay by this government is over. The Prime Minister has negotiated her deal, she has told us it’s the best and only deal available.

“There can be no more excuses, no more running away. Put it before Parliament and let’s have the vote.

“Whatever happens with her Conservative leadership vote today, it is utterly irrelevant to the lives of people across our country. It does nothing to solve the government’s inability to get a deal that works for the whole country.”


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